As we’ve always said, we couldn’t do the work we do without the help of people willing to donate their time and help us prepare for shoppers every week. Here is one such story of generosity
This summer we have been lucky to have Sayeeda, Arifa and Fabbiha Chowdhury as volunteers in the warehouse. They are all in middle or high school and travel to us from Jamaica. Sayeeda found out about us from our website as she was seeking a volunteer opportunity for the summer. She eventually brought her cousins.
Jim Ditto worked with them very closely and made sure they always had something to do and felt comfortable and safe.They have been delightful and hard-working volunteers and have done a myriad of tasks. This week, even though it is Ramadan, they baked brownies and brought them in for our staff to enjoy. We are hosting a volunteer appreciation date this Friday with lunch but since they are fasting, we have agreed to have them come back once school starts and thank them with cake and ice cream.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers (past and present) – Whether you’ve come in for an hour, a day or a month you have the appreciation of the over 4,000 recipients who depend on Materials for the Arts to support their arts activities city-wide.
Below is a quote that succinctly explains what their contribution really means to us:
The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.